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Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Board members Monday night unanimously approved a fireworks ordinance — similar to what is in place in the City of Grand Haven — that is a reaction to the state's decision to allow aerial fireworks in Michigan at all times.

The state allows local municipalities to limit fireworks use to 10 national holidays, which both Spring Lake Township and Grand Haven elected officials have now done. The communities also allow pyrotechnics on Coast Guard Festival fireworks Saturday.

Several township residents approached the board last month requesting local laws, and trustees took action.

The ordinance, which will take effect by the end of September, calls for a civil infraction fine of $50 for first-time offenders who shoot off fireworks outside of the allowed dates. Novelty items such as sparklers will still be allowed at any time.

The ordinance also allows for reimbursement for fire calls and property damage related to fireworks-related mishaps.

Aerial pyrotechnics are allowed on New Year's Day, President's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the day before and after all of the above.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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